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Mrs. Howard J. Alfrey
In a quiet ceremony performed in the Trinity Lutheran church Wednesday evening Miss Donna Belle Herpoldsheimer, became the bride of Pvt Howard J. Alfrey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Alfrey.  Only the immediate family were present at the 8 o'clock ceremony which was performed by Rev. F. Worthman.
The bride wore a white suit with an orchid corsage and navy and white accessories.  Her only attendant, Miss Genevieve Weber, wore a frock of pink crepe.  Robert White was best man.  At the reception held in the Alfrey home, Miss Helena Alfrey presided at the bridal table which was centered with an arrangement of pink roses and white asters.  At the end of his furlough, Private Alfrey will return to his station at Fort Benning, Ga., his bride remaining in Lincoln for the present.

Howard J. Alfrey
killed in action

   Pvt Howard J. Alfrey, 19, was killed in action in Belgium on Dec. 27, the war department has informed his wife, the former Donna belle Herpolsheimer, 2734 So. 10th, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs.. Herbert Alfrey, 947 Sumner.  He was a paratrooper demolitionist with an airborne division.
   Private Alfrey graduated from Lincoln high school in June, 1943 and entered the service Dec. 12 of that ear.  He trained at Camp Roberts, Calif. until May 1944, when he volunteered as a paratrooper.  He was sent to Fort Benning, Ga. for training and received his wings on June 17.  He completed his demolitionist training on July 8.
   On July 14 he came home on an 18-day furlough, and was married.  He was sent to England and later to France.  The last letter received from him was dated Dec. 18.
   Besides his wife and parents he is survived by a sister, Helena, at home, and a brother Sgt Harry Alfrey, a parachute inspector stationed in India.

[Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, NE, Tuesday, January 23, 1945, page 1]

(courtesy Jean Vijgen) 

Headstone Inscription and Interment Record with resulting grave marker for Pvt. Howard J. Alfrey at Plot A Row 6 Grave 13 in Henri Chappell American Cemetery, Belgium

Pvt. Alfrey was killed in action on December 27, 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart.

This grave has been adopted by Belgian citizen Fernand Hiernaux

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